Christmas isn’t about presents, trees, Santa, and fancy foods. It’s not about Jingle Bells, office parties, decorations, bows or ribbons. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ put literally and about the spirit of the Lord, a Spirit of love!
Christmas should be celebrated every day because we are really celebrating life. We are recognizing our own humanness: the God in you recognizing the God in others in a loving spirit. There is nothing more that this twisted up, torn up, dying World needs then the real Spirit of Christmas right now!
When we hear Christmas carols playing in stores and see the twinkling lights it touches our very spirits, we can’t help it! Even the biggest Grinch in the bunch gets choked up with the right melody at the right time. Memories of years past and souls that we have known that have also passed on. The smells of fresh pine, scents of youth’s Christmas’s past. Memories of lost loves, dances of the heart that still make a much older heart flutter. Broken dreams, opportunities come and gone, wrinkles replace once smooth skin. Eggnog and Granny’s Christmas pudding, honey baked a ham and a buffet with everything.
Christmas is about people and relationships, family and friends. It’s about love, caring, and compassion. Christmas is about taking care of each other, making the World a better place. It’s about understanding that we are our brother’s keepers. There is no room for homelessness, hunger, loneliness, or going without basic human needs.
We all suffer from the human condition. We must stop looking at how we are different and start looking at how we are alike. The World is being torn apart because of fear and pain. If someone asks me what I want for Christmas, I will tell them to volunteer at a shelter or soup kitchen, help the homeless, the needy, the poor. That’s the real spirit of Christmas!
“He said also to the man who had invited him, when you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14)
In all things, I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:25)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)